ERIC Number: EJ1046034
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 82
Household Living Arrangements and Transition to Sexual Debut among Young People in Ghana
Tenkorang, Eric Y.; Adjei, Jones K.
Sex Education: Sexuality, Society and Learning, v15 n1 p1-18 2015
There is abundant research on the links between family and household structure and young people's sexual risk-taking behaviours, but this scholarship although emerging in sub-Saharan Africa is largely limited to the West. Using data from the 2004 National Adolescent Survey conducted among 12-19 year olds in Ghana, and applying discrete time hazard models, this study examined the effects of household living arrangements on the timing of first sexual intercourse among adolescents in Ghana. The study also explored the extent to which parental monitoring and supervision mediates the effects of household living arrangements on age at first sex. Results indicate that young people who live alone, with grandparents or other households had a higher risk of first sex compared with those who lived with both biological parents. Much of this advantage, however, could be attributed to parental monitoring and household wealth. There were significant gender differences among Akan and non-Akans regarding the timing of sexual debut among young people in Ghana.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Sexuality, Family Structure, Gender Differences, Parenting Styles, Family Income, At Risk Persons, Grandparents, Place of Residence, Age, Parent Child Relationship, National Surveys, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Statistical Analysis, Multivariate Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Ghana